What happens when you spend time in life slinging Big Mac’s as the global president of McDonald’s? You have a mid-life crisis and leave to start a healthy fast-casual chain with the help of Oprah’s former personal chef. America. The result is Lyfe Kitchen, a place that does a good job serving healthier items like edamame hummus, salads, and even sandwiches and fish tacos. The menu has calories listed, so you know they mean business. Lyfe is great for food on-the-go but it’s also nice enough inside that it’s often more enjoyable to eat there and maybe even have a glass of wine if you’d like.
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Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf
Bavette’s is an intimate steakhouse that’s great for date night or dinner with a few friends.
Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
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Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Any restaurant with the words “Pie” and “Biscuit” in its name is probably a place you want to go.
Little Goat is an all-day spot in West Town with creative diner food that’s hit or miss.
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Chicago Raw in River North specializes in, no surprise, uncooked plants. The collard burrito is good and you can always go for an acai bowl
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